I´ve already met “my” class, last week. 8th-graders in the beginning of the school year, are usually busy working out how this new environment works, wide-eyed and earnest, trying to fit in. So also 8C at my “new” school. 29 young people, with different backgrounds, baggage, and balances. Some, a little shy, others pushing to the front immediately to make sure they are SEEN. Tuesday in week 40 I´ll see them again, try to teach them, to notice them, to guide them. Sometimes that works fine, but sometimes it doesn’t.
I´d like to know the magic formula for how to make the classroom work at all times, to include everybody, never to overlook anybody, to magically impart knowledge to everybody – knowledge that sticks and expand their horizon and equip them for life and further learning.
What? There isn’t a magic formula? Bummer. I´ll try to do my best then, and let them know that I like them and believe in them. And wouldn’t it be a good idea to have lots of varied lessons, with many different aims and methods and ways of learning? I´ll do that.